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Annual Conference

2020 Annual Conference

November 19-21, 2020

Quest Conference Center


Theme: Social Work: Generations Strong



 2019 Annual Conference: Elevate Social Work

November 14-16, 2019

Quest Conference Center in Columbus, Ohio


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Earn 18 CEUs in three days and connect with more than 500 social workers and 50 exhibitors. CEUs available for social workers, counselors, marriage & family therapists, and chemical dependency licensees. 

As the leader of the social work profession, NASW Ohio Chapter invites social workers to attend our annual conference to discuss the future of practice. This year’s conference will provide social workers with the tools to strengthen their skills in communicating and working effectively with clients, colleagues, other professionals, and policy makers.



Both Days                                            One Day

$150 for members                               $100 for members

$220 for non-members                        $140 for non-members

$75 for student members                    $50 for student members

$85 for student non-members              $60 for student non-members


Cost includes breakfast, boxed lunch, refreshments, and 12 CEUs (18 with the Tech-Savvy or Navigating Silences: Social Worker Discourses Around Race and Racism Saturday add-on.) The cost of the Tech Savvy or Navigating Silences: Social Worker Discourses Around Race and Racism add-on program is $100 for members, $140 for non-members and includes breakfast and six CEUs. This cost is in addition to the above costs for the conference on Thursday and Friday.


Conference Schedule:

Day 1 – Thursday, November 14

8- 9am                                  Registration and exhibit viewing
9- 11am                                Keynote presentation #1 - 1.5 CEUs
11- 11:45am                       Lunch and exhibit viewing
- 1:15pm             Breakout A - 1.5 CEUs
1:30- 3pm                            Breakout B - 1.5 CEUs
3- 3:30pm                            Exhibit viewing
3:30- 5pm                            Breakout C - 1.5 CEUs

Day 2 – Friday, November 15

8- 9:30am                            Registration and exhibit viewing

8- 9:30am                            Political Action Planning Session
9:30- 11am                          Keynote presentation #2 - 1.5 CEUs
11- 11:45am                        Lunch and exhibit viewing
11:45am- 1:15pm                 Breakout D - 1.5 CEUs
1:30- 3pm                            Breakout E - 1.5 CEUs
3- 3:30pm                            Exhibit viewing
3:30- 5pm                            Breakout F - 1.5 CEUs


Day 3 – Saturday, November 16

Special Add-On Sessions

9am-4pm             Tech Savvy Practitioner

9am-4pm             Navigating Silences: Social Worker Discourses Around Race and Racism


Conference Location:

The conference will be held at the Quest Conference Center located at 8405 Pulsar Place, Columbus, OH 43240. The Quest Business Center is a conference center located just east of I-71 on Polaris Parkway (very close to the Polaris mall). Parking is free on-site. Directions at



Fairfield Inn - $129/night, rooms that are not picked up will be released on October 18th - 614-568-0770
Four Points - $111/night, rooms that are not picked up will be released on October 13th - 614-844-5888
Both blocks are listed under "National Association of Social Workers".


Saturday Add-On Sessions:

This year’s conference will feature two all-day add-on sessions on Saturday, November 16 from 9:00am-4:00pm with an hour-long lunch.


Navigating Silences: Social Worker Discourses Around Race and Racism

This workshop is intended for all social workers who wish to disrupt the “every-day-ness” of racism. We will explore everyday experiences of racism through examining the work-related narratives of social workers collected from published research. We will investigate how racism (power abuse) is (re)produced and maintained through everyday talk and text. Because of the fear engendered by references to race, our workshop will begin by offering definitions of relevant concepts and will then prepare participants to engage in respectful, courageous dialogue. We will draw attention to racism’s relationality and explore how racism is silenced through various forms of denial strategies. Finally, we will examine how efforts toward the social justice mission of social work is compromised by avoiding the topic of race.  By confronting the ‘elephant in the room’ we will face the fear that often accompanies racial dialogue, see how we are all impacted by racism, and begin to see our own complicity. The workshop is presented by Cherie Bridges Patrick, MA, MSSW, LISW-S the founder and administrator of Paradox Cross-Cultural Consulting, Training and Empowerment, LLC.


The Tech Savvy Practitioner

The Tech Savvy Practitioner: Ethical, Legal, and Smart Use of Technology will provide attendees with an extra six CEUs, including supervision and ethics hours, along with a “Certificate in Ethical Use of Technology.” The session will be presented by NASW Ohio’s Danielle Smith, attorney Glenn Karr, and IT expert Jay Karr.


Perks for NASW Members:

In case you need an extra nudge to attend, members will have exclusive access to complimentary professional headshots, on-site resume critiques, and playtime with adoptable rescue dogs.


Thursday Evening Programming:

We will host a fun evening program the night of Thursday, November 14th. Be sure to check your email for more detail.


Keynote Presenters:


The 2019 conference keynote presenters are:


Thursday, November 14

9:00- 11:00am

Four Keys to Increase Your Leadership Impact as a Social Worker


Presenter: Anton Gunn, MSW, CDM, CSP, best-selling author, speaker and consultant. Anton Gunn is a former senior advisor to President Barack Obama and the world’s leading authority on Socially Conscious Leadership. He has a master’s degree in social work from the University of South Carolina and was a Resident Fellow at Harvard University. He is the bestselling author of The Presidential Principles and has been featured in TIME magazine, Inc. magazine, the Wall St Journal, BBC News, NPR and on Good Morning America. As an international speaker and consultant, he has worked with organizations like Microsoft, Sodexo, KPMG, Verizon Wireless, Aetna, American College of Surgeons, FINRA, and the Boeing Company. From playing SEC football and being the first African American in history elected to the South Carolina legislature from his district early in his career, to now working as a C-level executive for an academic health system and serving on multiple boards, he has spent his life helping people build diverse, high-performing teams and world-class leadership culture.


For nearly a decade, Anton Gunn has been history making advocate on national healthcare issues. He has inspired and empowered thousands of grassroots leaders and activists. He has even provided advice and coaching to some of the most impactful leaders in America. From Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Hip Hop group, Public Enemy to the President of the United States, Anton will teach you the simple and impactful skills, that will allow you to increase your impact as a leader. Anton Gunn will share the four keys that will allow you to become a greater influencer in your social work career.


In this powerfully motivating program you will learn:

  • Three keys to become a difference maker that matters to those you serve
  • The importance of personal growth and leadership development for social workers
  • The impact of being an advocate for the social work profession and others
  • How to leave a legacy that matters to others


Friday, November 15

9:30- 11:00am

Immigrants Welcome: responding locally to global crises

Panel presentation moderated by Colleen Dempsey, Practice Associate

Recent years have brought more attention to immigration as a national, humanitarian issue. While the focus often turns to the southern border, social workers can make an impact here in Ohio. Attendees will leave this discussion with new ideas to provide culturally responsive social work services to immigrants in Ohio.


Current Sponsors:

Case Western Reserve University, Jack, Joseph, and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences

The Ohio State University, College of Social Work

ACLU of Ohio

Be Happy No Matter What

Blueridge Vista Health and Wellness

Buckeye Health Plan

Bridgeway Academy 

Cambridge Behavioral Hospital


Central Ohio Area Agency on Aging

Cincinnati Children's Hospital

Cleveland State University, College of Social Work

Coleman Professional Services
Columbus Springs 


Council on Aging of Aging of Southwestern Ohio

Cumberland Hospital for Children & Adolescents

Directions for Youth & Families 


Equitas Health

Franklin County Office on Aging

George Junior Preventative Aftercare

Help Me Grow at Bright Beginnings

Highland Springs Hospital
Huckleberry House
Indiana University School of Social Work

Indiana Wesleyan University Social Work Program 


Mayfair Village

NASW Assurance Services, Inc,. 

Nationwide Children's Hospital

Nursing Home Planning: The Ultimate Family Guide

Ohio Addiction Recovery Center

Ohio Department of Aging

Ohio End of Life Options


Ohio Legal Help


Ohio University - Department of Social Work 

PKM Life Transitions LLC

Premier Health

Providence Healthcare Management

Rite of Passage, Inc. 

ROX (Ruling our eXperiences)
SEQUEL-Pomegranate Health Systems

Sex Addicts Anonymous 

St. Joseph Orphanage

The Buckeye Ranch

The Emily Program
The P.E.E.R. Center

The University of Akron School of Social Work

University of Cincinnati School of Social Work 

University of Louisville Kent School of Social Work 

University of Pittsburgh School of Social Work

Wingspan Care Group


Platinum Sponsors:




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